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Introduction

Joseph Roisman

in The Rhetoric of Conspiracy in Ancient Athens

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247871
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932913 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247871.003.0001
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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the rhetoric of conspiracy among Attic orators. This book investigates why charges of conspiracy are so common in the Attic oratorical corpus, and analyzes what their prevalence can tell us about the ancient Athenians and their worldview. It categorizes conspiracy allegations into the categories of homicide cases, plots involving inheritance and property, legal conspiracies, political plots, and those against public interest and international conspiracies. The book also evaluates the probability and substance of the orators' allegations.

Keywords: conspiracy; Attic orators; oratorical corpus; ancient Athenians; homicide; legal conspiracies; public interest; international conspiracies

Chapter.  3677 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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